Gift helps to
safeguard views from state
Real estate firm donates 250 acres
HOWARD TOWNSHIP -- A Harrisburg real
has donated conservation easements on 250 acres adjacent to the Bald
State Park to the state to protect the views from the park.
easements were donated by Appalachian Land & Conservation Services
the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They are
ensure that, no matter who owns the land, it cannot be developed to a
disrupts the woodland setting and the view from Sayers Lake, the park's centerpiece
a generous gift that protects our viewshed to one of our state parks,"
DCNR press secretary Chris Novak said. "And it didn't cost us
protected land involves almost three miles of frontage on the
and is almost all of the remaining privately owned land sandwiched
park and the 2,500-acre State Game Lands No. 323, which runs along Bald Eagle Mountain.
the land is not regulated by zoning laws -- meaning anything could have
built there -- and that such scenic land is increasingly in demand,
glad to receive the easements.
protects the view from Bald Eagle State Park," Novak said.
will look out and see forested land and trees."
donation marks the first time the DCNR has accepted such a gift, Novak
easements will allow only a handful of homes to be built on those 250
they are sold in the future, not sprawling developments that would
view from Bald Eagle. The acreage is divided into four parcels and,
to the easements, only one home can sit on each of the parcels.
"Bald Eagle State Park is a special place," said
Appalachian CEO Josh First, a State College native. "Preserving
places like this as cultural
touchstones is important. We will make a good profit when we sell these
not a killing. And a good profit is good enough.
growth development and donating conservation easements make good
sense. When conservation pays, it creates incentives to do the right
said there is a strong market for such protected rural lands.
want to build homes in woodland settings and want the peace of mind in
the land around them cannot be "carved up," he said.
Land & Conservation Services' mission is "to advance conservation
goals and values by protecting working landscapes and environmental
through the use of private markets and innovative real estate
transactions," according to a news release.
four easement-protected parcels are available for sale, listed by
Bosak can be reached at 235-3928.